” …today everything is on Instagram, everything is online, everything is posted right away and it lasts for 24 hours and then your photo is done… “

Water photographer Ben Thouard’s new photo book, “SURFACE,” takes you on a visual journey inside and underneath Tahiti’s best waves.

What’s your favorite image in the book?
There are a few, but one is defnitely the cover. I shot it over a year ago and I decided not to show it to anyone. I didn’t want to just release the photo on social media or on the web—which was really hard to do for one year. Nowadays with social media, when you shoot something it’s almost instantly online.

That’s another reason why I really wanted to work on this book: today everything is on Instagram, everything is online, everything is posted right away and it lasts for 24 hours and then your photo is done. It’s forgotten. As a photographer, it’s a really good tool, but it’s also really frustrating. I didn’t want to work on a collection of photos for Instagram. I wanted to work on something tangible.

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Ben Thouard
Interview by Ashtyn Douglas

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volume 59 – Issue 5

On the cover:
While 99.9 percent of surf photographers spend the majority of their time aiming their lenses at what happens on the face of a breaking wave, Frenchman Ben Thouard has made a career out of capturing the ocean’s beauty beneath its surface. “This photo was taken at Teahupo’o last year,” says Thouard of the sub-surface image on page one of this issue. “I was exploring the underwater world, not giving too much attention to the surfers, and more to what happens under the surface. The light reflecting on the bubbles underwater fascinated me. At some point, I dove under water and just let go a ton of air while diving under the wave so when I turned back to shoot the waves I would have all my bubbles into the frame. I decided to focus on the bubbles and have a surfer in the background. It took me a few tries until I got the shot.” Photo by Ben Thouard

Sea Monster

The sublime waves in Ray Collins’ photographs appear like towering mountain ranges rising up from the sea. Collins seems to freeze the water, capturing waves in the instant just before their imminent break, thus creating a unique interplay between shapes and contrasts. He sits or lies on his surfboard in wait of the perfect moment of rushing water.

Through immediate proximity to the subject, the Australian photographer creates a form of abstraction that leads us to forget that these are pictures of ocean waves. Although the water is clearly recognizable, the waves form portraits of themselves. Shafts of light shimmer in countless nuances, bordering the wave, flooding it with glistening light, or piercing it.

Ray Collins turned his passion into a profession. After getting his start in surf photography, he began to focus more and more on photographing the waves themselves. Collins quickly became an internationally in-demand photographer. His works have an unusual tension because they leave everything unresolved, capturing the second right before the tumultuous crash and spray. Collins says he is fascinated by “the moment before the moment, the anticipation.”
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Ray Collins Photography
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Anything Water

Anything Water Photo Contest Winners
Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best water photos in this photo contest.

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner “Standing Proud” by douglasrichardson
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Congratulations People’s Choice “Rubble” by thurstonphoto
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Congratulations Honorary Mention “Silent Killer” by harryyoungimages
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Congratulations Runner Up “*** Stand Up N Get Counted ***” by shutterchemistry
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Anything Water Photo Contest Winners
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Fog Waves

Fog Waves Are The Most Beautiful Thing I Captured After 8 Years Of Experimenting
by Nick Steinberg

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Liquid Mountains by Dave Sandford

Liquid Mountains by Dave Sandford
Dave Sandford, who is best known for his sports photography, spent October to December capturing images of the waves of Lake Erie. Each photo shows an eerie immensity and power that can be found on the lake. The series is called “Liquid Mountains”, which is an accurate description for the waves that come in the surprisingly shallow lake.

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“Images show beauty, immensity of Lake Erie’s waves”
by Sophie Kruse

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